5G, the fifth generation of cellular technology, will bring faster-than-ever Internet connection and minimized latency rates compared to 4G, ensuring actual real-time communication, always more integrated Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality, along with an unprecedented spread of the Internet of Things.
Such advancement will have an amazing impact on any economic sector, generating great advantages on many levels.
5G will be crucial for autonomous vehicles. For enhanced road safety, convenience, and efficiency, they will interact with virtually anything: with each other, with the surrounding environment, like streetlights and signage, or pedestrians and cyclists (V2X vehicle-to-everything / Vehicle-2-Vehicle / Vehicle-2-Infrastructure / Vehicle-2-Network / Vehicle-2-Pedestrian communications). Depending on the technology used, either drivers (in-vehicle systems), pedestrians (handheld systems), or both, will be able to receive collision alerts. Autonomous vehicles will be a major component of smart cities: new means of transportation will emerge, like on-demand smart buses and the constant communication among vehicles and their environment will bring traffic optimization and decreased pollution.
Industry 4.0 will make the most of 5G, enabling process automation across different sectors, from factories to warehouses, from chemical plants to Oil & Gas production. Private mobile networks specifically designed for enterprises will ensure a series of valuable benefits such as guarantee of coverage, control on security and data privacy, and performance. Secure wireless solutions will bring nearly no latency among sensors, actuators, control systems and computers, taking IIoT to the next level. Data ingested through sensors will be analyzed to make sure plants run smoothly, with minimized failures and downtime.
The Construction sector will see the increase of self-driving machinery employed in critical environments, but also to handle substances hazardous to humans. They will perform instructions in real time, also communicating with each other, optimizing resources and time. Smart helmets, shoes and equipment will allow to always know where workers are located and even receive warnings in case of accidents, to ensure a safe working environment. High communication speed and cloud applications will connect offices and worksites in real time, also remotely, for enhanced effectiveness and costs savings.
Thanks to this new communication standard, Agriculture will experience a major boost through the wider implementation of Massive IoT, which employs enormous amounts of sensors. Smart AgriFood will be enhanced through continuous remote monitoring of crops by means of drones, increasing competitiveness. Efficient use of parasiticides and watering will ensure minimized costs and optimized food safety.
Tierra’s approach to 5G emerges in its constant involvement in R&D projects and POCs on cellular connectivity, thanks to our ongoing collaboration with Politecnico di Torino (major Engineering University) and continuous exchange of knowledge with the major modem vendors.